Well, after proposing the idea of writing a thread about my deployment I had a lot of positive responses about it. I have decided to post up some pictures here. I think this will be good for me. To be able to have all of my good memories all in one spot. Like I said in my feeler thread, I don't want to post about the negatives of war.. But I guess we will see what comes up as I am going through my pictures. I have not looked through them since I have been home. that being said, let the adventure begin!
This is where I will start the pictures. The morning of. My wife and I got up very early, got all my bags in the car and drove from Miramar to Camp Pendleton. We then preceded to sit on the parade deck for hours and wait for the dreaded white busses to show up. I can't tell you what it's like to sit there and wait to leave. I didn't have any idea what it would be like to leave my wife for 7 months.
Fast forward some time. I can't remember how long a few days or so, and then I was on a plane into Afghanistan! So here we are, shoulder to shoulder awaiting the adventure!
After some time on leatherneck, training etc. Me and a few other guys were on our way to FOB Nolay, in the Sangin Valley.
We arrived sometime in the very early AM, maybe 0230 on a helo we had taken from LN. The next morning I got up and snapped a picture of my new "home"
Here is the inside of our home. Note the top of the line cots! The best part was that with a dirt floor, you never have to sweep!
One of the best parts about our tent was it's location. If you walked 60 feet from the tent you were at the gym!
With an additional 15 feet or so, the bathroom!
When we first got there, the brits were there too. Really nice guys, and cool vehicles.
Command before the brits left and after an RPG came through the 2 foot cement wall and embedded itself with out exploding. Luck day eh?
Here is a glimpse into military regs, haircuts every week!
And this is the last one for the day. It's a pic of a british guy, after a long day being outside the wire all day. I wonder what he did that day? What did he see? Who knows?
So that's it for now. This is a look into my first week? or so of Afghanistan. Hope you can dig it. I'll start rounding more up for my next post!